Updated October 31, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - Thursday, October 25th, 2018

CAOAC addresses Aquatic Animal Antibiotic Use

The Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs (CAOAC) has been informed by Health Canada that a new piece of legislation will take effect on December 1st, 2018 that could have an impact on the fishkeeping hobby.
The ruling titled “Responsible Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animals” will require individuals to obtain a prescription for purchasing medically important antibiotics for all animals, including aquatic animals. This purpose of this ruling is to prevent the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant infections caused by over usage of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine and in the agriculture industry.
“The Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs formally supports Health Canada’s ruling on this matter, as our mission is to teach members that good animal husbandry will help to prevent illness in our fish,” said President of the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs, Nancy Egelton.
Before this ruling, there were no guidelines or rulings for fish medications. In addition, there were no guidelines on dosages, and medications used on humans were being purchased and used on aquatic animals. 80% of animal antibiotics used in Canada are non-prescribed and are causing animals to become immune to illnesses through the over usage of these antibiotics from their owners.
“To comply with this ruling, we (CAOAC) must learn to modify our way of thinking and our use of medications for fish.
We will be researching further to find veterinarians that will help us to correctly medicate our fish.
For further inquiries, please contact:
Nancy Egelton, President of CAOAC


In September, a past CAOAC President, historian, archivist, awards chair and many more titles, Paul McIntosh passed away.

Paul Desmond McIntosh
September 24, 1933 – September 29, 2018
Retired Educator, D.D.S.B. & Church Organist for St. Paul’s United Church, Cold Springs for over 50 years, passed peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Marilyn McIntosh (nee Black). Loving father of Jason McIntosh (Kimberly) and Sheryl White (Jeffrey). Cherished grandfather of his granddaughter, Harper White. Paul was pre-deceased by his brother, Graydon McIntosh (Lillian). Lovingly remembered by many relatives and friends. A private family interment was held in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Cold Springs. A celebration of life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Cold Springs on Saturday November 3rd at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at Cold Springs Memorial Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church, Cold Springs or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences received at
Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m.
St. Paul’s United Church, Coldsprings
Cold Springs Memorial Hall

Stanley L. Shubel, age 84, of Lexington, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018 at McLaren Port Huron Hospital.
He was born October 19, 1933 in Detroit, son of the late Harold and Virginia (Stevens) Shubel. Stanley married Ethel Prior on December 31, 1953 in Sandusky.
Stan was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a computer technician, who worked for Western Union and later the State of Michigan. Stan was well loved by everyone. He will be greatly missed. He was a true Renaissance Man, an author, architect, photographer and world renown ‘Guppy Man’. Above all he was a wonderful, loving, kind husband and father.
Stan is survived by his loving wife, Ethel; three sons, Mark (Jeanette) of Georgia, Shawn (Melanie) of Howell, and Kurt (Julie) of Deckerville; two daughters, Mindy (Rich) Stoddard of California, and Jennifer (Phil) Reynolds of Howell; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery, where military rites were provided by Croswell American Legion Post #255.
I.F.G.A. Grand Overall Male Champion 2000-2001-2002-2005-2014
Guppy Man of the Year 2000-2001-2002-2009-2014-2015
Master Breeder
Books written are "THE PROPER CARE OF GUPPIES" and 'AQUARIUM CARE OF GUPPIES" published by T.F.H. which were written for the beginner and mid-level breeder. They contain lots of information as well as many pictures of show quality guppies from various breeders.

Some Happy News.
This is quite a year for Paul MacIntosh (CAOAC President 2002-2007)
Paul MacIntosh and his wife celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on
June 23.
And Paul will be 80 years young on September 23, 2013.
Thank you Paul, for your many years of continuing service to DRAS and CAOAC.
Paul is currently our Archivist/Historian.


PETER ORPHANOS June 2, 1945 – December 17, 2012

Peter was a past-President of the Brampton Aquarium Society. He was active in CAOAC and was the co-author (with Spencer Jack) of the booklet “Operating a Successful Aquarium Club”.

The heartfelt condolences and prayers of CAOAC go out to his family. His remarkable contributions to CAOAC and the hobby he loved will continue to live in his absence.

CAOAC regrets the belated notification.

It is with great sadness that CAOAC has learned of the passing of long time hobbyist Dave Unruh. Dave was an active and long serving member of several aquarium clubs during his time with us. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family during this most difficult of times. His remarkable contributions to our hobby will not be forgotten.

UNRUH, David Roy - Suddenly at his home in St. Catharines on Sunday, September 16, 2012, Dave Unruh, aged 54 years. Beloved husband of Beth. Dear father of Leanne and Stephanie (Graham) Campbell. Son of Betty and the late Roy Unruh. Brother of Karen Nichols and Gary Unruh. According to Dave's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the VINELAND CHAPEL of the TALLMAN FUNERAL HOMES, 3277 King St. on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral Service on Thursday, September 20th at 11 am at Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church, 469 Grantham Ave., St. Catharines. If desired, memorial donations to Mennonite Central Committee Ontario: Native Concerns would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at

Earlier this week a long time hobbyist and friend of many Terry Little from Brantford, Ontario passed away. Terry was very well known throughout our hobby. His home club was the Brant Aquarium
Society. He was actively involved with CAOAC for many years holding numerous executive and board
of directors positions. Terry is probably best remembered as a long time Judge at one of the many
Tropical Fish shows held in Southern Ontario in the spring and fall. He also ran his own fish store for a number of years and as of a few years ago was even seen helping out his good friend Jerry Draper at the Tropical Fishroom in Brantford. His involvement within our hobby will be dearly missed. Terry was a genuinely nice person and was known by a lot of people across Canada and in the United States. He will be dearly missed.

There will be no funeral service for Terry. Cremation has already taken place. There is a memorial service on Tuesday June 26, 2012 at the Brantford Civic Centre.  Donations for CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs) to help promote the hobby with young people can be made.

A new Magazine in English is here It has been available in Germany for years and now Mary Bailey of England is translating it to English for us all. The editors are Hans George Evers of Germany and James Lawrence of Vermont of America.

The passing of Rolf C Hagen. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rolf C. Hagen, on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Obituary here.

Don was 85 years old and has been not well in recent months. Don was involved with the London Aquaria Society for many years and a past CAOAC Judge. Arrangements should be published in the London Free Press soon and if anyone would like that information please let Terry Little know Condolences can be sent to: Tom & Barb Collins, 70 Milford Crescent London , ONTARIO N5X 1A8.

It is with deep sorrow that we report that long time hobbyist Bill Irwin has passed away. Bill was born in Brantford Ontario - January 29th, 1935. He passed away on November 6th, 2010 at the age of 75. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held on Saturday, November 13th, 1:00 pm at the Salvation Army Wyndfield Community Church, 33 Diana Avenue, Brantford, ON.

Bill had been involved in the tropical fish hobby since he was a boy and was a member of the Brant Aquarium Society since it’s inception. He was also involved with the people who started the Canadian Association Of Aquarium Clubs (CAOAC) as region 20 of The International Federation Of Aquarium Societies (TIFAS)

Bill held many positions on the board of the Brant Aquarium Society and was involved with CAOAC for many years. He was Judges Chairman for a few years and CAOAC Rep for the Brant Aquarium Society. He owned and operated a tropical fish store back in the 1950’s and 1960’s and I remember when I was a teenager coming from London (my hometown) to visit his store. He and I were also partners in Little Aquarium in the mid 1980’s. Bill was well known for keeping all different types of turtles. We will miss him but I’m sure he is in a better place now. Terry Little.



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